By the Numbers

Dominic Klyve is a math wiz.

He's a professor at Central Washington University who loves juggling, Mozart, and math.  

"It's possible that my love of mathematics is genetic, in that I don't ever remember not liking math, I loved numbers when I was a kid," said Klyve.

Klyve's love for mathematics was recently recognized by his peers.

During a convention last month, he was awarded the Henry Alder Award for teaching from the Mathematics Association of America.

Klyve was selected out of thousands of other educators and is the first winner from Washington state.

"I was stunned, I was proud, I was happy for the whole university," said Klyve.

The award goes to those whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and who have had influence beyond their own classrooms.

Klyve helped his students discover the longest "weird number" in the world.

What is a weird number?

Simple. Take the number 70, all the numbers that divide evenly into it are 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 14 and 35.

No matter how you rearrange or pick and choose from that pool, no combination of those numbers will ever add up to 70 evenly -- making 70, a "weird number."

Klyve helped discover a "weird number" hundreds of digits long.

He says the award is something most mathematicians dream of winning, and he's proud to be one of the few.

"It's something that everybody in the community will know, and people across the country will now see the name of the school associated with this," said Klyve.

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